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Steven D. Paulson

Steven D. Paulson

Professor of Systematic Theology

  • Th.D. (Lutheran School of Theology)
  • Ordained (ELCA)
  • M.Th. (Lutheran School of Theology)
  • M.Div. (Luther Seminary)


Steven Paulson joined the Luther Seminary faculty as associate professor of systematic theology in the fall of 1998 after serving as assistant professor of religion at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., where he had been since 1993.

He was pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Washington Island, Wis., from 1990 to 1993. His experience also includes two years of work as a research librarian at JKM Library in Chicago and five years as a psychiatric counselor at Fairview Hospitals in Minneapolis.

Paulson is a Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., and earned the master of divinity degree from Luther Seminary in 1984. He holds both the master of theology (1988) and doctor of theology (1992) degrees from Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.

He has been honored with the Goethe Institute Scholarship (1985) and the North American Ministerial Fellowship (1980-84).

Paulson currently serves on the editorial boards of Word and World and both the Lutheran Quarterly and Dialog and has written articles for both journals. He is the author of Luther for Armchair Theologians and editor of A More Radical Gospel, The Captivation of the Will, and The Preached God all written by Gerhard Forde.

Featured Work

A Brief Introduction to Martin Luther

A Brief Introduction to Martin Luther

Westminster John Knox Press (Jan. 2017)

In the sixteenth century, Martin Luther started a reformation movement that revolutionized Europe and the history of the Christian faith. His far-reaching reforms of theological understanding and church practices dramatically changed both church and society in Europe and beyond. In honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Steven Paulson provides an engaging, concise introduction to Martin Luther's life and the major themes in his theology.

A Brief Introduction to Martin Luther

Lutheran Theology

Lutheran Theology

Bloomsbury T&T Clark (April, 2011)

The Doing Theology series introduces the major Christian traditions and their way of theological reflection. The volumes focus on the origins of a particular theological tradition, its foundations, key concepts, eminent thinkers and historical development. The series is aimed at readers who want to learn more about their own theological heritage and identity: theology undergraduates, students in ministerial training and church study groups.

Lutheran Theology

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